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Factory pay settlements edge up

first_img Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap whatsapp Factory pay settlements edge up Wednesday 19 January 2011 7:22 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definitionthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Adscenter_img whatsapp Share KCS-content Despite the boom in manufacturing seen last year, wage growth remained stable in the three months to December, it was announced yesterday. Pay settlements increased to 2.2 per cent from 2.1 per cent in the three months to November, manufacturers body EEF reported. One in five settlements are still ending in a pay freeze, reflecting the ongoing downward pressure on wages, EEF said. “The key now is whether the recent upsurge in inflation results in significant upward pressure on settlements,” said Lee Hopley, chief economist at the EEF. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Portugal iGaming Dashboard – Q4 2019

first_img Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Slot Machines 27th February 2020 | By Stephen Carter Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Slots Table games Portugal’s regulated operators generated their highest ever quarterly revenue total of €65.4m in the final three months of 2019, driven by a 55% year-on-year increase in sports betting GGR. The 52% year-on-year increase in igaming GGR from gambling on sports and casino games in the market was achieved at a margin of 6.2% from turnover of €1037.5bn, breaking the €1bn barrier for the first time.The final quarter performance from dot.pt operators pushed the annual total for 2019 to €215.2m, a 41% increase on the 2018 figure. Close to €35m or 55% of the €63.1m added during the year was provided by online casino, with the remaining €28.2m or 45% coming from sports betting.Slots continued their dominance of casino activity in the final quarter of 2019, accounting for 69% of turnover, ahead of roulette with 13.6%, blackjack with 8.1%, poker right games with 6.5% and tournament poker with 2.8%. Football accounted for 75% of betting turnover, well ahead of basketball with 13.3%.Scroll down to see the full interactive datasets.All data and figures are processed by Ficom Leisure following the the official release of the figures by Portuguese regulator the Serviço de Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ). Ficom Leisure is a leading European corporate advisory firm specialisedin all segments of the betting and gaming sector.Ficom Leisure provides monthly figures on the New Jersey online market in the New Jersey iGaming Dashboard and Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania iGaming Dashboard, available on iGB North America. It also provides quarterly figures on the Spanish online market in the Spain iGaming Dashboard, on the Danish market in the Denmark iGaming Dashboard, and on the Italian market in the Italy iGaming Dashboard. Portugal’s regulated operators generated their highest ever quarterly revenue total of €65.4m in the final three months of 2019, driven by a 55% year-on-year increase in sports betting GGRcenter_img Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Portugal iGaming Dashboard – Q4 2019 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgChampion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng)  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileChampion Breweries Plc is an established brewery in Nigeria manufacturing Champion Lager Beer and Champ Malta as well as a selection on non-alcoholic beverages. The company also brews and packages products under contract to Nigerian Breweries Plc. The main brands in its product portfolio are Champion Lager Beer and Champ Malta. Champ Malta is a flavoured beer with a golden colour and distinct aroma. The company has undergone a number of name changes; established as South East Breweries Limited, the name changed to Cross River Breweries Limited and thereafter to Champion Breweries Limited which was later changed to Champion Breweries Plc. In 2011, Consolidated Breweries acquired a 57% equity stake in Champion Breweries which was originally held by Montgomery Ventures Inc (Panama). In 2013, Raysun Nigeria Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heineken, purchased Consolidated Breweries and now holds a majority equity stake in Champion Breweries Plc. The company’s head office is in Akwa Ibon state, Nigeria. Champion Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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A primer to the Anglican Church of Canada’s 42nd General…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By Matthew TownsendPosted Jul 5, 2019 Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Anglican Communion New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Knoxville, TN Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC [Anglican Journal] More than 350 Anglicans from across Canada—delegates, partners, invited guests, displayers, volunteers and observers—will gather July 10-16 in Vancouver for the 42nd General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. While there, delegates will consider resolutions affecting the whole church.General Synod is the highest governing body in the church. Although the Anglican Church of Canada is a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion, it has final authority over its own affairs. It can pass, alter and strike down its own laws—or, in church parlance, canons.Read the full story here. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC A primer to the Anglican Church of Canada’s 42nd General Synod July 10-16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

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Cañada House / GrupoMM

first_img Projects CopyHouses•Santa Cruz Atizapán, Mexico “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/287620/canada-house-grupomm Clipboard Cañada House / GrupoMM Architects: Grupo MM (Carlos Magaña, Mauricio Magaña)Text description provided by the architects. CAÑADA HOUSE was born by the idea of living in the middle of the woods, the day by day interaction with the nature and releasing the owners off the stress and worries of everyday life in Mexico City, inviting the tranquility of the natural elements of the woods into their home.Save this picture!© Iván CasillasRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumThe house is located in a corner, the 3 fronts that allowed us to play with cubic volumes being this a determinant factor for the project; A wide garden surrounds the house, the unique landscaping merges with the architecture and the woods creating a perfect combination. Save this picture!© Iván CasillasLarge spaces, double heights and wide windows make the interior of the house become one with the nature; making the green a natural accent throughout the house. The volumes as you walk inside give the sensation of being suspended on the air.Save this picture!© Iván CasillasThe distribution is simple this is the key factor of the functionality, the L shape of the masterplan makes the bedrooms and the private areas, and also the game room the heart of the house. Save this picture!© Iván CasillasProject gallerySee allShow lessRIBA Design Ideas Competition: Great Fen Visitor CentreArticlesAlgarrobos House / José María Sáez + Daniel Moreno FloresSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/287620/canada-house-grupomm Clipboard Mexicocenter_img Save this picture!© Iván Casillas+ 19 Share Cañada House / GrupoMMSave this projectSaveCañada House / GrupoMM Houses ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officeGrupoMMOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGrupoMMSanta Cruz AtizapánMexicoPublished on October 31, 2012Cite: “Cañada House / GrupoMM” 31 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – Painted AluminumStonesCosentinoDekton® Surfaces – Chicago 444Exterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – CPXPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsHexapent Facade PanelDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Folding Door System – Rabel 3710 Super ThermalWall / Ceiling LightsLuminisCeiling Surface Lights – HollowcoreBenches / TablesUrbaStyleConcrete Bench – BoomerangMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Joly House / Stu/D/O Architects

first_imgCopyAbout this officeStu/D/O ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBangkokHousesThailandPublished on June 17, 2015Cite: “Joly House / Stu/D/O Architects” 17 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Joly住宅/ Stu/D/O Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Joly House / Stu/D/O ArchitectsSave this projectSaveJoly House / Stu/D/O Architects Thailand Joly House / Stu/D/O Architects “COPY” CopyHouses•Bangkok, Thailand Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/642557/joly-house-stu-d-o-architects Clipboard ArchDaily photographs:  Krisada Boonchaleow, Chanin LimapornvanichPhotographs:  Krisada Boonchaleow, Courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects, Chanin LimapornvanichStructural Engineer:.N.G. Engineering Ordinary PartnershipsMechanical Engineer:MEE ConsultantsInterior Architect:Attapon WiboonyanonLandscape Architect:Teerachai TharawongthawatCity:BangkokCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Krisada BoonchaleowRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. This three-story house for a family of four has a footprint of 250 square meters and a height of 11 meters. It is located on the street corner in one of the most exquisite and densely populated residential areas of Bangkok. Flanked by rows of shophouses,main living spaces are elevated to the second floor to improve the visual conditions and allow rooms for service spaces on ground. Upon arrival, one is greeted with the skylights, through which shown the rippling strips of caustic patterns resulting from the interplay between lights and water of the swimming pool above. The changing time of the day contributes to the changing color of lights, making this parking space- the arrival space, more dynamic.Save this picture!© Krisada BoonchaleowSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Krisada BoonchaleowBuilt mainly with reinforced concrete structure and a partial steel frame, the project’s exterior is comprised of natural materials such as wood louver, glass panels, and exposed concrete. The more private spaces- the bedrooms, are located on the 3rd floor which external envelope is cladded with timber slats, giving extra privacy and security. This double-skinned façade acts as a sunshade, reducing the amount of heat collected in the building. Some of the slats are open-able panels; which, when opened, create wind walls and encourage natural ventilation. When the Jolys are away, the panels can be completely shut to protect their belongings from the heat and solar damage. While serving environmental purposes, the timber slats also add a warm but modern look to the house.Save this picture!Courtesy of Stu/D/O ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessCourtyard House / FORM | Kouichi Kimura ArchitectsSelected ProjectsTOG Flagship / Triptyque + Philippe StarckSelected Projects Share Year:  Houses 2014 Architects: Stu/D/O Architects Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Area:  750 m² Area:  750 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/642557/joly-house-stu-d-o-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Krisada Boonchaleow+ 25 Share 2014last_img read more

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The cost of e-commerce?

 19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 21 September 1999 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities just beginning to sell products online should learn from the problems faced by consumer goods retailer Argos. Eagle-eyed shoppers on their online shop noted that they appeared to be selling Sony TVs for £3. Word spread quickly and soon Argos received a number of enquiries and attempted orders.Clearly a typo, what is the legal position for an online retailer in this position? Are they required to honour the price offered? It is a position that charity traders should address before their site goes live.View a screenshot of the infamous £3 TV offer at Need to Know. Advertisement A similar mistake was made by IBM in January 2000 when it featured its ThinkPad notebook PCs on its Web site for $1 each instead of the usual $1,499 and $1,899. Tagged with: Digital The cost of e-commerce? read more

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A tragedy and a victory

first_imgBoth white supremacy and bigotry against Muslims and other immigrants are not just deplorable. They are murderous and must be fought. Recent weeks have seen both a tragedy and a victory in this all-important struggle.In Portland, Ore., three white men who came to the defense of two Muslim women on a commuter train on May 26 were stabbed, two of them to death, by a white man shouting anti-Muslim hate speech. There can be no doubt that such vicious, violent behavior has been stimulated and reinforced by the Bigot-in-Chief in the White House.But it also shows that there are many brave people in this country willing to stand up against the racist offensive that Trump and his ruling-class buddies have deliberately unleashed in order to divert attention from their criminal dismantling of the social safety net that millions rely on, inadequate as it is.In the same period, a historic people’s victory against white supremacy was won on May 19 in New Orleans.That day the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was hoisted from its pedestal and removed to an unknown location. Lee was the commander in chief of the armies of the 19th-century slave-owning, secessionist “Confederate States of America.” His statue was the last of four prominent CSA monuments to be removed recently in New Orleans.For the last six decades anti-racist, civil-rights activists have fought for the removal of these racist symbols. The latest struggle, led by Take ‘Em Down NOLA, began in 2015.This coincided with a wave of actions against Confederate flags and monuments sparked by white-supremacist Dylann Roof’s mass murder of Black worshippers at a Charleston, S.C., church on June 17, 2015. Activist Bree Newsome heroically scaled the Statehouse flagpole in Columbia, S.C., 10 days later and physically removed the Confederate flag flying there.Long history of racism and fightback in New OrleansNOLA campaigners against the Confederate statues possessed similar guts and determination as they persisted with marches and rallies for removal, even as city and state authorities allowed gun-carrying racists, neofascists and Ku Klux Klan members to camp out for weeks to “guard” the monuments.The racists seemed ready to shoot people — in order to keep in place more than just the looming monuments, more than just a lying version of history that deliberately fails to remember that New Orleans was once the biggest U.S. “market” for the selling of enslaved African people.What these right-wingers want to preserve is the system of intertwined racism and economic oppression the monuments continue to represent.Can we forget the murderous treatment of Black people in New Orleans during and after the Hurricane Katrina disaster? Institutionalized racism has a long history.After the abolition of slavery and the Civil War’s end, and during the ensuing Reconstruction Era, the economic powers-that-be struggled to deny legal and economic freedom to people of African descent in the U.S. South, and by extension the entire country. One tactic was the infamous 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court that gave the go-ahead to racist separate-and-unequal “Jim Crow” laws. The case was originally brought by Homer Plessy, a free man of color arrested and convicted after he challenged segregation by deliberately sitting in a “white” railroad car in New Orleans.It is significant that the first Confederate statue taken down in New Orleans celebrated the Battle of Liberty Place, when an 1874 insurrection by a paramilitary, racist white organization attempted to topple the biracial Louisiana state government elected by free Black people and white allies.It is no accident that at present there is increased organizing by right-wing fascist and neo-Nazi elements, some of it in defense of Confederate flags and monuments. These tactics are meant to prevent worker solidarity by creating divisions across lines of nationality, religion, unionized and low-wage temp work, and other differences.This increase in terrorist reaction comes at a time when workers and oppressed people are rising up as corporations cut jobs in search of greater profits and the Trump administration attempts to savage the social safety net in order to fund the imperialist war machine. Once again, big business needs on-the-ground, KKK-style threats against progressive advances.But we have to remember that Klan- minded “leaders” are also in suits, uniforms and judicial robes. They are present in corporate boardrooms, legislatures, courts and police forces.Directives and laws forbidding removal of CSA monuments have been OK’d by the governor of Alabama and the legislature of North Carolina. On a national level, the blatantly racist Trump administration attacks oppressed peoples and workers, attempting to push back the gains of decades.We are not in a struggle about “symbols.” We are in a fight for justice and freedom that has been waged in this land ever since the first European “conquerors” invaded the home of Native peoples, and proceeded to enrich the existing European ruling classes using genocide, enslavement and oppression.New Orleans offers us another history, if we will learn. The largest U.S. rebellion of enslaved people occurred there in 1811, led by Charles Deslondes. Called the German Coast Rebellion, it was carried out by a heroic army of more than 200 people battling with hoes, axes and cane knives for their freedom — physical, legal and economic.As the statues come down, New Orleans offers us the lesson of continued resistance — and the example of victory.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Houston Brown Berets demand end to police violence

first_imgOrganized by the Brown Berets de TejAztlan, a rally and march to condemn police violence gathered victims’ families and activists together on Oct. 22. Janie Torres, whose brother was viciously beaten and thrown into downtown Buffalo Bayou to drown on Cinco de Mayo in 1977, rallied the crowd, saying, “I was a child when my big brother was murdered 40 years ago and I will continue to protest killer cops for the next 40 years until they stop killing our people.”A special honored guest was Omar García, a survivor of the 43 students who were disappeared on Sept. 26, 2014, from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. Respected Mayan elder, Teresa, urged everyone to continue their solidarity and unity with all victims of governments and police violence all around the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Spa workers take direct action in Austin, Texas – WW commentary

first_imgConfirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas on March 17.The writer is a worker at a health spa in Austin.March 16 — The spread of coronavirus COVID-19 throughout the U.S. has opened wide the many contradictions inherent in the capitalist system — most importantly, the contradiction between workers and the capital that binds them. Here in Texas the response to the crisis is just a microcosm of the capitalist system as a whole — slow, lackluster and waiting until the eleventh hour. Recommendations are for businesses to shutter their doors or at least limit traffic by switching to “takeout only” options. Then why have local health spas and clinics made little to no attempt to mitigate the crisis? Massage therapists and spa aestheticians are incredibly vulnerable to pathogens, given our proximity to clients while in session. No matter how much we may sanitize surfaces in our spaces, coronavirus has been shown to remain airborne for a period of time. That is disturbing, considering our workrooms are not well ventilated and the flow of clients has not yet slowed.In fact, corporate management sent out emails encouraging people to “book now” since “massages help boost the immune system.” But what about the workers’ immune systems? Workers brainstorm actionLast week it became evident to all of us working at the spa that no useful concessions for our safety would be achieved without forcing the hand of management. By using Slack, a group-chat application, the therapists and aestheticians coordinated a response that included the possibility of a “sick-in.” Texas is a right-to-work (for less) state. That makes it much more difficult for workers to organize against management. It took until late in the night to get a majority of workers to agree to the possibility of a sick-in. I was going to begin the action the next day, but with that timetable, some of the workers were a bit more apprehensive. They felt we should wait a couple of days. Some began to insist we meet with management and issue our demands first and then, if all else failed, escalate. I did not want to ignore the response of the other workers or try to force them forward when they were not prepared. So I agreed to drive to the spa early and meet with management alongside other therapists and one aesthetician. Protections wonYou can ask for more than what will be given, so it now became a matter of compromise. We devised ways to decrease the flow of traffic within the spa and got a guarantee that, should any worker decide to take a leave, there would be no repercussions, such as termination — which was originally the position of management. As of this writing, we have one therapist prone to respiratory infections staying home, and possibly two more therapists to stay home who room with immuno-compromised people. A fundraiser has been set up for those out of work, and donations are being collected as long as the pandemic threatens the lives and livelihood of us workers at the spa. It’s a shame and disgusting that other spas have made even less effort to protect their workers. Our lives are not owed to these businesses, and we will struggle to ensure our health is prioritized. The other therapists know we cannot stop here. We must fight to end litigation by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is withholding mandatory paid sick leave from the workers of Austin. We must continue to organize! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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